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Survey Results Are In: Covid Re-Opening Preparedness

Thanks to all who completed AAO’s Re-Opening Readiness Survey this past April. Twenty percent architecture centers and cultural organizations responded to this questionnaire assessing the state of our members’ near-future planning, and concerns around preparing for re-opening to staff, the public, and the eventual arrival of in-person and hybrid programming. Click through for a summary of the results.


Beyond the Build Environment recently launched SAY IT WITH MEdia, a challenge for publications to feature BIPOC and women in at least 15% of their content.

Welcoming AAO Board Member Anne-Marie Lubenau

We are pleased to welcome Anne-Marie Lubenau, Director of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA), to the AAO Board of Directors. The RBA is a national design award that recognizes transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to America’s cities. Anne-Marie is an architect, educator and advocate for excellence in urban design and planning. She focuses on expanding the role of architects in shaping cities by engaging people in the process of design and increasing understanding about the built environment and its impact on our lives. Read more about her work and vision for AAO below.

Welcoming AAO Board Member Gregory Wessner

We are pleased to welcome Gregory Wessner, Executive Director of Open House New York (OHNY), to the AAO Board of Directors. A curator and architectural historian, Gregory joined OHNY in 2013. Since then, the organization’s flagship program—OHNY Weekend—has exploded in popularity. OHNY also organizes tours, lectures, and other programs year-round, and under Gregory’s leadership OHNY has evolved into a platform for exploring and discussing New York’s built environment—everything from iconic buildings to public spaces, even citywide systems that sometimes go unseen or unappreciated. Read more about his work and vision for AAO below.

Welcoming AAO Board Member Pauline Herrera Serianni

We are pleased to welcome Pauline Herrera Serianni, Executive Director of the Denver Architecture Foundation (DAF), to the AAO Board of Directors. Pauline joined DAF in early 2015 to provide strategic guidance to the organization and build upon the successes of its long-standing events and programs. She brings expertise in cultural administration, nonprofit management and communications, and is passionate about expanding access to arts and philanthropy for underserved communities. Read more about her work and vision for AAO below.

When brutalist architecture meets high-tech city planning

Walking around the three glass mushrooms levitating in the centre of Prague just minutes from the Charles Square leaves one with a distinctly dystopian feel. The Karel Prager designed buildings from the early 1970s don’t exactly emanate a modern feel. But walk through the bright white neon that spell the letters C A M P and you will find yourself in a parallel universe.

AAO at ICAM19 in Copenhagen

ICAM19 Program
A delegation of AAO members visited the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen earlier this month to take part in a series of meetings with members of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums as part of the ICAM19. The conference theme, “Migrating Ideas,” examined several connections and mutual interests among members of our respective networks.
These photos of the gathering are from AAO Executive Director Michael Wood.

The Opening of the Chicago Architecture Center

The storied 50-year history of the Chicago Architecture Foundation—long regarded as a global leader in architectural tours, design education, and, more recently, as successful participants in the Open House Worldwide movement—started a new chapter on August 31 when the Chicago Architecture Center officially opened to public visitors.


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